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What is the central charge of the q-state potts model, for large q?

The central charge of a model, is, heuristically related to the number of microscopic degrees of freedom. Is there a simple argument for the asymptotic behavior of the central charge for the q-state ...
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Why the bosonic part of the superconformal group $SU(2,2|1)$ is $SO(4,1) \times U(1)_R$?

Why in $d=4$ $\mathcal{N}=1$ SCFT the bosonic part of the superconformal group $SU(2,2|1)$ is $SO(4,1) \times U(1)_R$? More generally how can I determine the such a thing in other theories? Is there ...
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What are marginal fields in CFT?

In this article they call weight $(h,\bar{h})=(1,1)$ fields marginal. Why are these fields called marginal? Why are they to be distinguished.
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OPE of fermionic field bosonization in string theory, in Polchinski 10.3.12

In Polchinski's String Theory Vol. 2, equations 10.3.12 are $$e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(-z)}~=~\frac{1}{2z}+i\partial H(0)+2zT_B^H(0)+O(z^2)\tag{10.3.12a}$$ ...
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A pedestrian explanation of conformal blocks

I would be very happy if someone could take a stab at conveying what conformal blocks are and how they are used in conformal field theory (CFT). I'm finally getting the glimmerings of understanding ...
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Modular invariance for higher genus

As far as I understand, there are roughly 2 "common" kinds of 2D conformal field theories: Theories that are defined only on the plane, more precisely, on any surface of vanishing genus. Such a ...
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Thermal AdS and the Hawking Page phase transition

I have some difficulty understanding the concept of pure thermal radiation, as described in Hawking and Page's paper on the Hawking-Page phase transition. The four-dimensional thermal AdS solution ...
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Reading list and book recommendation on Conformal Field Theory

I have a background in QFT, GR and differential geometry at the level of a master student in theoretical physics. I would like to touch the area of CFT. I know the textbook of Philippe Di Francesco. ...
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The spin and weight of a primary field in CFT

A primary field in Conformal Field Theory transforms as $$\phi (z,\bar{z}) =\left(\frac{dz}{dz'} \right)^h \left(\frac{d\bar{z}}{d\bar{z}'} \right)^\bar{h}\phi (z',\bar{z}') $$ under a conformal ...
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The contribution to the one loop beta function for the WZW model

When the Wess-Zumino-Witten model $$S_{WZW}=\frac{k}{4\pi}\int d^2 z \, \, \mathrm{Tr}[\partial u \bar{\partial}u^{-1} ]+ \frac{k}{12\pi}\int d^3 \sigma \epsilon^{ijk}\, ...
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Some questions on Conformal Field Theory, Current algebras and the Sugawara construction

Since I don't know how to add another question to an already existing topic, I'm opening a new thread. However I'm referring to: Beginners questions concerning Conformal Field Theory As noted, a ...
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Why do we assume local conformal transformations are symmetries in 2D CFT

The global conformal group in 2D is $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. It consists of the fractional linear transforms that map the Riemann sphere into itself bijectively and is finite dimensional. However, when ...
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Massless Dirac equation is Weyl covariant

Does somebody know how to show that the following equation is Weyl invariant? $$\gamma^ae_a^\mu D_\mu \Psi=0$$ where: $D_\mu \Psi=\partial_\mu\Psi+A_\mu^{ab}\Sigma_{ab}\Psi$ is the spin-covariant ...
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Path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in a CFT

Below, I paraphrase the path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in David Tong's notes on CFT (see pdf here). This is my interpretation of the text in that pdf, so please correct ...
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Temperature in CFT

Non-vanishing Temperature can break conformal symmetry(Can anyone show this point explicitly), my question is that in AdS/CFT the temperature of boundary field theory is non-zero, why the boundary ...
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Non-abelian bosonization

Reading this review about non-abelian bosonization, Non-abelian bosonization by I.Karmazin, I stumbled about two questions Below equation 6, I don't get the final point in the statement about the ...
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Mathematical motivation of OPE?

In Peskin & Schroeder (and also Cheng which I have skimmed through) they motivate the Operator Product Expansion with a lot of words. Is there any way to motivate it mathematically, e.g. Taylor ...
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Zamolodchikov's c-theorem paper

I am reading the 1986 paper [1] where Zamolodchikov proves the c-theorem and I would like to understand how equations (7a), (7b) and (8) are derived from the Callan-Symanzik equation. For ...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression for the square of the normal ordered version of $\phi^2(x)$. $$T(:\phi^2(x)::\phi^2(0):) ~=~ 2<0|T(\phi(x)\phi(0))|0>^2 $$ ...
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What is conformal gauge?

I often see in physics articles on gravity such notion as conformal gauge and Weyl transformation. They use Conformal gauge to change coordinates to transform metrics from arbitrary $$ds^2=g_{\mu ...
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A paradoxical equation in RNS string fermionic part

It is well known for RNS string, $i.e.$, worldsheet supersymmetry formalism, the open string NS sector has worldsheet fermion expansion: \begin{equation} \psi^{\mu}_{\pm} = \frac{1}{\sqrt 2} \sum_{r ...
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Relation between conformal and topological field theories

The Chern-Simons (CS) theory is a topological quantum field theory (TQFT). The question is, is a conformal field theory (CFT) a topological quantum theory? Or the reverse, topological quantum field ...
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What is the central charge about? [closed]

I have two very basic questions. What is meant by the term conformal field theory? What is the central charge in a conformal field theory?
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CFT calculation of the Partitionfunction of $2+1$ dimensional gravity

I want to reproduce formula (4.29) in http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1773v1 given by: $$ Z=Tr(q^{L_{0}}\bar q^{\bar L_{0}})=|q|^{-2k} \prod^{\infty}_{n=2}\frac{1}{|1-q^{n}|^{2}} $$ Where the trace is ...
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Identitity operator-state mapping in CFT

In a general CFT, how can the identity operator be mapped into a state? Can you give examples to demonstrate the systematic way to do the mapping? Take 2D CFT (in String Theory) as examples. For ...
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What is IR CFT and UV CFT?

What is IR CFT and UV CFT? In many physics related materials, they often mention IR, and UV. I think it is related with regularization (I remember in QFT, there is UV cutoff in some regularization ...
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Why are holomorphic boundary CFT2 primary operators massless in the AdS3 bulk?

I saw a claim in this paper that holomorphic boundary CFT$_2$ primary operators correspond to massless states in the AdS$_3$ bulk. Specifically, As always, we simplify the situation by assuming ...
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What is Hilbert series?

What is the Hilbert series in the context of conformal field theory? I often see this terminology in many papers related with super conformal field theories which i don't know well, and after heard ...
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Beta function of the non-linear sigma model

In chapter 7.1.1. inTong's notes about String Theory could someone sketch how can I show the statements that he nmakes around eq. 7.5 That the addition of the counterterm can be absorbed by ...
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Anomalously broken conformal symmetry

I'm trying to understand an argument made by Bardeen in On Naturalness in the Standard Model. The argument is about quadratic divergences in Standard Model. My notation is that the SM Higgs potential ...
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How to derive the scale factor for special conformal transformation? [closed]

By definition a conformal transformation of the coordinates is an invertible mapping $x\rightarrow x'$ which leaves the metric invariant upto a scale factor: \begin{equation} g_{\mu\nu}'(x') = ...
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Question about derivation of tensor in Di Francesco's CFT

This is a question for anyone who is familiar with Di Francesco's book on Conformal Field theory. In particular, on P.108 when he is deriving the general form of the 2-point Schwinger function in two ...
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How do you measure numerically the central charge of a system?

Let's say that you are doing some Monte-Carlo simulations of a statistical system on a lattice and you observe scale invariance, meaning that you are at a conformal point. Can you get a numerical ...
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Why does tachyon arise in bosonic string theory?

I am looking for precise mathematical and physical reasons which cause the presence of tachyon in bosonic string theory(specially closed bosonic string theory). Has it to do with the specific form of ...
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Ward identities and operator product expansions

Polchinski's (2.3.11) gives the Ward Identity $$i\epsilon[Res_{z\rightarrow z_0}j(z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)+\bar {Res}_{\bar z\rightarrow \bar z_0}\tilde j(\bar z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar ...
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World-sheet energy-momentum tensor and OPE

On p43 of Polchinski's book, it says that under the world-sheet translation $\sigma^a\rightarrow\sigma^a+\epsilon v^a$, $X^\mu\rightarrow X^\mu-\epsilon v^a\partial_a X^\mu$. And $$j^a=iv^b T_{ab},$$ ...
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Ward Identity in CFT

This is about Polchinski's eq(2.3.11). It says that $$Res_{z\rightarrow z_0}j(z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)+\bar{Res}_{z\rightarrow z_0}\tilde j(\bar z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)=\frac1{i\epsilon}\delta ...
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Operator product expansion in CFT

I'm on Polchinski's p39. Can someone please tell me the steps in the equivalence below? $$\exp\left[\frac{\alpha'}4\int d^2z_4 d^2z_5\ln|z_5-z_4|^2\frac{\delta}{\delta X^\mu(z_4,\bar ...
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Non translation invariant correlator in CFT

I'm doing an exercise on vertex operators in the CFT book by Di Francesco & al.; exercise 9.2 p.329 : Using mode expansion show that: $$\langle\tilde{\phi(z)}\tilde{\phi(w)}\rangle= - \text{ln} ...
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Possible Error in deriving conformal generator

My professor gave me the following derivation for the full generator of the Lorentz transformations. The starting point is to consider a subgroup of the conformal group that leaves the origin fixed ...
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What makes General Relativity conformal variant?

I have a question regarding the well known fact that General Relativity is not a conformal invariant theory or to put it in other words about the fact that it is conformal variant: What are the ...
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How can one calculate the central term of the conformal field theory algebra (and show it's really the virasoro algebra)?

So I'm following Szabo's book "An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics (2nd ed, 2011); still on the canonical treatment in chapter 3. After doing a mode expansion, we get (up to a ...
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BTZ Black Hole Central Charge and Conformal Weight

I have been trying to reproduce a calculation (equation 4.12) in this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1107.2678v1.pdf by Carlip reviewing the derivation of the effective central charge of the BTZ Black ...
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CFT Entanglement Entropy - relation between translations and the stress-energy tensor

In a recent paper on CFT entanglement entropy, I want to understand the defintion of a certain partition function. They consider a metric space $S^1 \times \mathbb{H}^{d-1}_q$ with metric: $$ ...
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Error in books of conformal field theory?

If you look at the book Conformal Field Theory (by Philippe Francesco, Pierre Mathieu and David Senechal) or the lecture notes Applied Conformal Field Theory (by Paul Ginsparg), and many other places: ...
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Dilation operator in CFT viewed as 'hamiltonian'?

From the commutation relations for the conformal Lie algebra, we may infer that the dilation operator plays the same role as the Hamiltonian in CFTs. The appropriate commutation relations are ...
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Correlation functions and connection to ward identities

I have the following definition of a general correlation function $$ \langle \Phi(x_1)\dots \Phi(x_n)\rangle = \frac{1}{Z} \int [d\Phi] \Phi(x_1)\dots\Phi(x_n)e^{-S[\Phi]} $$ I have only just ...
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Conceptual question about field transformation

(c.f Conformal Field Theory by Di Francesco et al, p39) From another source, I understand the mathematical derivation that leads to eqn (2.126) in Di Francesco et al, however conceptually I do not ...
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Derivation of the Noether current

(c.f Di Francesco et al, Conformal Field Theory, pp40-41) I am trying to derive eqn (2.142) or $\delta S = \int d^d x \partial_{\mu}j^{\mu}_a \omega_a$ in the book CFT by Di Francesco et al. I have ...